Aquarium biologists travel to Costa Rica to gather animals for Academy exhibits.
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As we celebrate its 90th anniversary, we look back on the history of the Academy's Steinhart Aquarium.
Academy researcher Luiz Rocha is hunting invasive lionfish.
Steinhart Aquarium biologists are shown collecting small cuttings of coral fragments on the California Academy of Sciences 2011 Philippine Biodiversity Expedition. These fragments were legally exported from the Philippines and brought into cultivation as part of the Academy's efforts at sustainable collection-building.
These small cuttings will be grown into larger colonies, which can then be fragmented to produce corals for display, in-house research projects and exchange with other zoos and aquaria. Exchanging captive-propagated corals is one way that we are able to reduce collection pressures on wild reefs.
Coral reefs are in trouble and efforts are underway to save them.
The Academy's Stan Blum works in Biodiversity Informatics-- basically documenting what lives where.